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Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics … (full bio).

Read a profile of Ricky Jones in his adopted hometown’s newspaper: When Conscience Calls, 6 pdf-pages, June 8, 2003.

He says: “Have No Fear, Stay Strong, Stand on Truth, Do Justice, and Do Not Leave the People in the Hands of Fools.” (on RickyLJones.com). /

His Research Interests: African American Politics and Leadership; Political Theory; African American Nationalism; Violence and Resistance; the African American Male … (full text).

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Ricky L. Jones – USA

2001 ACO #128 S T A T E O F M I C H I G A N WORKER’S COMPENSATION APPELLATE COMMISSION RICKY L. JONES, PLAINTIFF … (full text, 6 pdf-pages).

African American political Pundit, on blog talk radio.com.

Find him and his publications on allBookstores; on amazon; on alibris.com; on blog talk radio.com; on University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292; on ebay.com; on Barnes and Noble; on UN jobs; on RickyLJones.com: his books, his audios and videos; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search.

The Google download-books:

  • American Icons, By Dennis Hall, Susan G. Hall, 2006, … and there a chapter: Martin Luther King, Jr., by Ricky L. Jones, on page 363;
  • The Hazing Reader, By Hank Nuwer, 2004, 314 page, … and there a chapter: Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledging, by Ricky L. Jones, on page 110;
  • What’s Wrong with Obamamania? By Ricky L. Jones, J. Blaine (FRW) Hudson, 2008, 144 pages.

He writes: Since 2002, Ricky L. Jones has written the Message to the People in Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly – the Louisville Eccentric Observer(LEO). Over the years, the Message has covered a wide range of topics including: local, state, national and international politics, police brutality, urban renewal, activism, progressivism, religion, individual and structural racism, education, history, poverty, and many others. It is a three-time winner of the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists’ “Best Minority Reporting Award.” The Message is published the last Wednesday of each month. (See on LEO’s Homepage, and in the Archives of Message to the People.

… Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. Outside the academy, Jones has written the Message to the People for the city of Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly, the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). The Message won the Best Minority Reporting Award from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists for three consecutive years. Recently, because of his commitment to the community as well as his work, Jones was named one of Louisville’s 25 Young Future Leaders by Louisville Magazine

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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